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January 4, 2013 4:17:22 PM

Hey, I'm new to this site. Nice to meet you all :) .

Well my pc just died this morning :( , and I would like to build up a gaming pc for about $400 - 500, $600 max.

I've read that I can get most parts on newegg.com. The thing is I don't know which parts would work together. So would you guys like to assist me?

Thanks in advance.
Yours truly
Twigz

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January 4, 2013 7:55:49 PM

Hi. Is there anything you can or plan to salvage from your old computer? Do you need an OS? If so, which one? What's your monitor resolution? What games are you looking to play? Do you any other preferred website(s) other than Newegg?
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January 5, 2013 11:13:28 AM

Well from my old pc, I have a 1tb hardrive ( can't remember name and model ) I can take.. Power supply seems to be ok and my optical drive is good...... My graphics card is an nvidia geforce 9300 ge.. And I want to upgrade. I already have an os. My monitors resolution is 1920 x 1080.

Well for games, raiderz bf3 cod bo2.. League of legends... And some other modern games....

I would shop at any other website once it delivers to florida :p .
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January 5, 2013 11:32:06 AM

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i5-3350P 3.1GHz Quad-Core Processor ($179.99 @ Newegg)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: Sapphire Radeon HD 7850 1GB Video Card ($169.98 @ Newegg)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $537.49
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 08:29 EST-0500)

Added new PSU because I am sure that you power supply is probably a low rated (300-400W) considering the GPU that you have. If yours is a good quality PSU, then keep it if its not (Antec, SeaSonic, XFX, High-end Rosewill, Corsair, PCP&P, Thermaltake), the get a new one. This is the most important component to not cheap out on.

You could down grade to an i3 (i3-3220) if you want to throw more money into the GPU. If this is going to be for mostly gaming, most games only utilize 2 cores at the moment. If you want to take this route go with this

PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks

CPU: Intel Core i3-3220 3.3GHz Dual-Core Processor ($109.99 @ NCIX US)
Motherboard: ASRock H77M Micro ATX LGA1155 Motherboard ($64.99 @ Newegg)
Memory: Mushkin Blackline 8GB (2 x 4GB) DDR3-1600 Memory ($35.57 @ NCIX US)
Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 7950 3GB Video Card ($279.99 @ NCIX US)
Case: Cooler Master Elite 311 (Blue) ATX Mid Tower Case ($34.98 @ NCIX US)
Power Supply: Corsair Builder 500W 80 PLUS Bronze Certified ATX12V Power Supply ($51.98 @ Newegg)
Total: $577.50
(Prices include shipping, taxes, and discounts when available.)
(Generated by PCPartPicker 2013-01-05 08:39 EST-0500)

and upgrade the CPU when Haswell comes out :) 
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January 5, 2013 1:07:55 PM

Sorry to be a clutz, but what's the GPU?
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January 5, 2013 6:05:49 PM

I like the first build but with the HD 7870 or GTX 660 for an extra $25-30 since you mentioned Battlefield 3. Or if you don't feel like spending that much, then a couple of bucks more for a HD 7850 with 2GB. Case is a matter of personal preference if you have one.

XFX Radeon HD 7850 Core Edition 860MHZ 2GB ($172.08)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=77602

ZOTAC ZT-60901-10M GeForce GTX 660 2GB ($195 but currently out of stock)
www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E1681450027...

XFX Radeon HD 7870 Core Ed. 1000MHZ 2GB ($205)
http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=69828
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